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Executive Director, Front Porch Alliance

The Opportunity
Front Porch Alliance, a 20-year-old human services agency supporting children and families on Kansas City’s eastside, seeks an Executive Director to lead the agency.  Reporting to the Board, the Executive Director leads all agency operations, and is responsible for fostering strong programs, community and neighborhood partnerships, fundraising and resource development. They ensure achievement of FPA’s mission and are an extension of the FPA brand. 

MISSION: Front Porch Alliance works together with Kansas City’s eastside children and families to meet their changing needs at home and in school.

Accountabilities; Role

FPA’s Executive Director is responsible for leading and directing the management, staff, program, and administrative functions of the entire organization. They work closely with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s vision and strategies, implement board policies and directives, and is the person with primary responsibility to the Board for the performance of the organization. In so doing, they directly supervise the Program Director, who is accountable for managing and implementing the program and administrative operations and activities of the agency. They additionally provide leadership in and oversee organizational fundraising and development with the authority to represent the organization to the public, as well as in relationships and negotiations with funders and other agencies.

Leadership & Management
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic operational excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Ensure all support areas of the organization are well managed, and operate within the relevant legal, ethical, and best practice standards.
    • Serve as principle steward of organizational resources. This includes ensuring that all FPA assets including: facilities, equipment, funds, people, and systems are looked after and maintained, in a good and working order that fully utilizes their purpose and intent in both a legally compliant and ethical manner.
  • Actively engage and energize FPA volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with any necessary strategic direction.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a team of highly functioning FPA team members.
    • Sustain a positive and fair workplace culture.
    • Encourage, mentor, and further develop professional growth as necessary.
  • In coordination with the Program Director, ensure that all services are safe and appropriate for the children and families served.
  • Ensure effective systems to track any scaling/growth progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents through any implemented and/or outlined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Fundraising & Communications
  • Expand local revenue generating, grant and/or fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while maintaining good stewardship of FPA's financial position.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of FPA's marketing, advertising, and communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating an ever stronger FPA brand.
  • Use external presence and community relationships to garner new opportunities for FPA and the various groups that it serves.
Planning & New Business
  • In partnership with the Board, completes strategic business planning process, assuming the current state of the organization as well as the Vision, Mission, and future growth and program expansion opportunities that broaden and deepen FPA's service and positive impact capability in the Greater Kansas City community.
  • Strengthen the partnerships already built, and establish relationships with future funders, including both political and community leaders who support FPA.
  • Be an external presence and serve as the "face" of FPA in the Greater Kansas City Area.

The Front Porch Alliance Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to the mission of the organization. As a basic element, all candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Specific requirements include:
  • 4-year degree and 5-7 years of commensurate non-profit management experience.  The equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Advanced/Masters' level degree (MBA or MPA) preferred.
  • Proven record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff with the ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • A proven record in fund development.
  • Knowledge of accounting and finance with the ability to understand and interpret financial statements and budgets
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to listen to and coach staff, manage and develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage to budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate new and existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders, cultures, and walks of life.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
Application Deadline and Procedure
While the position will remain open until filled, applications received prior to August 20 will receive priority consideration.
Apply by email to:     
Attach to the e-mail in PDF format only:
  • Letter of application
  • Resumé, detailing measurable success in the areas of key qualifications for the position
  • List of five professional references we may contact
Complete applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail. 
Questions may be directed to:  HCapSearchNP, Jennifer Furla, Partner,; 816-591-5493.
FPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FPA affords equal employment opportunity regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected categories.